LALOPALOOZA Kicks off Santa Ana Artwalk

The art of Lalo Alcaraz on display in the historic Santora Arts Building located in the heart of the Artists Village, Nov. 3

By Pocha Pe??a
Published on LatinoLA: October 26, 2012

LALOPALOOZA Kicks off Santa Ana Artwalk

LALOPALOOZA kicks off November's Artwalk with the art of Lalo Alcaraz on display in the historic Santora Arts Building located in the heart of the Artists Village's flavorful restaurant row. Cap off the evening with a cultural excursion to Santa Ana's vibrant Day of the Dead festival, which expects to draw thousands onto 4th & Broadway.

The LALOPALOOZA exhibit showcases the art of Rolling Stone Magazine's featured artist and NBC Latino video correspondent, Lalo Alcaraz on NOV 3 @ 6pm in the historic Santora Arts Building - 207 N. Broadway, downtown Santa Ana, 92701.

LALOPALOOZA showcases powerful political art, pop-culture installation & one-of-a-kind comic panels by the multi-talented Lalo Lopez. Two Santora basement galleries will divide the art; local Art-Star Skeith de Wine's "The Smallest Art Gallery In California" (T.S.A.G.I.C.) and artivist Matt Southgate's "Estudio del Sotano" along with a Day of the Dead mini-market featuring local artisans. Meet @MexicanMitt. Get deported by Migra Mouse!!

Lalo Alcaraz is perhaps the most prolific Chicano artist in the nation. Lalo has been busy for over two decades chronicling the political ascendancy of Latinos in America and vigorously pushing the boundaries of Chicano art. He is a Rockefeller fellow, has been honored by the Los Angeles City Council and received five So Cal Journalism Awards from the LA Press Club.

Lalo's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Village Voice, the L.A. Times, Variety, Hispanic Magazine, Latina Magazine, Mexico's La Jornada, Germany's BUNTE and many other publications. Alcaraz and his work have been featured on CNN, the CBS Evening News, ABC, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, PBS, Al-Jazeera TV & NPR. Tu Ciudad Magazine named Alcaraz "Best Latino Cartoonist in Los Angeles," and Rolling Stone Magazine honored him as a featured artist. A San Diego native, Lalo Alcaraz is currently a faculty member at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles.

LALOPALOOZA will exhibit in the basement of the historic Santora Arts Building, where several speakeasys were located in the 1920's and was frequented by movie stars through the 1950's. The building currently houses a variety of artists who organize seasonal art festivals and monthly art events all over the Artists Santa Ana. Local artists & Day of the Dead vendors are planning a mini-mercado inside "Estudio del Sotano" featuring silkscreen prints, miniature paintings, textiles and aerosol art from 4pm to 10pm. Come early to shop and catch a bite at one of the local gastro-pubs!

Come for the Art, stay for the Muertos!

LALOPALOOZA is curated by Pocha Pe??a. Concurrent to LALOPALOOZA is the celebrated "Noche de Altares" Day of the Dead celebration on nearby 4th Street, in front of the historic West End Theater. Co-produced by the Centro Cultural de Mexico and Calacas, the annual "Noche de Altares" is among the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the region. It features a variety of artists booths as well as personal & organizational altars on display to the public for one special nite, Nov 3, 2012, when the streets of Santa Ana come alive with candlelight and calaveras (sugar skulls).

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